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China and US Hold 7th Legal Experts Dialogue

2015/10/16

From October 15 to 16, 2015, the 7th China-US legal experts dialogue was held in Beijing. The event was co-chaired by Special Representative for Human Rights Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Liu Hua and Director of the Research Department of the Supreme People's Court Yan Maokun as well as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski and Principal Deputy Legal Adviser of the State Department Mary McLeod of the US. Around 50 officials and legal experts and scholars from both countries were present.

The two sides exchanged views on multiple topics such as the role of laws in national security and anti-terrorism, the role of lawyers, violence problems in criminal justice system, law application in government services, and registration and management of non-profit organizations. The Chinese side introduced achievements in fully advancing the rule of law, including furthering of legislation in key fields, deepening of judicial reform, and boosting of administration by law and judicial protection for human rights, and expressed the hope that the US side views China's progress in the rule of law and human rights comprehensively, objectively, and impartially, and respects China's judicial sovereignty in the spirit of mutual respect and equal treatment. The Chinese side also pointed out problems in the rule of law and human rights in the US. The US side stated that it is willing to strengthen exchanges with China in these areas and learn about China's relevant policies, practices and experience, so as to enhance understanding and jointly advance the rule of law and human rights cause in both countries.

On the sidelines of the dialogue, the US delegation also visited All Chinese Lawyers Association, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Jingsong Police Station in Chaoyang District of Beijing.

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